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  • Kieffer gladiator stirrup leathers
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    10-17-2012, 11:45 PM
Talking Talk to me about stirrup leathers

Now I have a really nice saddle, I may of mentioned it here, or more accurately here now my leathers look and feel cheap and nasty on it. I really can't remember setting out to buy leathers before, so talk leathers to me, what color for the saddle, what brand is good, what do I need to look for?

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    10-17-2012, 11:46 PM
This all depends on how much you're willing to spend..
    10-18-2012, 12:14 AM
Gee thanks Dressage, I want $500 leathers on a $5 budget, don't we all.

I genuinely don't know where the boundary lines are on leathers, what is expensive, cheap, mid range?
    10-18-2012, 12:22 AM
Ok, here is my (limited) experience.

These are crap:
Camelot Lined Stirrup Leathers | Dover Saddlery

These are decent:
Passier Lined Dressage Stirrup Leathers | Dover Saddlery

These are amazing:
Pessoa Traditional Stirrup Leathers | Dover Saddlery

There are TONS more different brands, these are just the ones I have experience with firsthand. I don't actually own the Pessoa ones.. they're on my Christmas list
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    10-18-2012, 12:37 AM
I know they are not expensive, but I actually like the Wintec Webbers. Their adjustability is their main plus, and since only one thickness of leather is under your thigh, if you saddle does not have well recessed stirrup bars, this will help reduce the lump you will feel.
    10-18-2012, 01:02 AM
LOL, I had a pair of Webers and I let them go with a Wintec saddle I sold, I personally didn't like them....each to their own.
    10-18-2012, 01:05 AM
I adore my Kieffer Gladiator leathers, they are so beautifully soft, don't create bulk under your leg and didn't cost a crazy amount (AU$130.00).
Can't stand synthetic 'leathers', they just feel awful to me.
    10-18-2012, 01:15 AM
Color me a little confused, I looked at the Kieffers, and they sound like a great idea, but they are not real leather, and I thought you said you didn't like synthetics?
    10-18-2012, 01:53 AM
They are made of SECU, not that awful plastic stuff that Wintec/Kincade etc. make their out out.
The SECU has a very high breaking point (500kg), is super soft and doesn't rub on leather saddles like traditional synthetic material does. It is nearly identical to true leather is look and feel, but with superior qualities to it.

I should have re-worded my dislike of synthetic to be clear that by synthetic I mean the real plastic and rubbery type 'cheap' material
    10-18-2012, 02:14 AM
I see Greenhawk in Canada stock them, I will have to check them out next time we go there.

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